The Transformative Speaking Program of Hampshire College

The Transformative Speaking Program of Hampshire College The Transformative Speaking Program promotes radical dialogue to change the world. Send us a message to set up a session!

The Transformative Speaking Program was launched in 2013 to bridge the gap between students’ extraordinary ideas and ideals and the oral communication skills they need to present themselves in their careers and be effective change makers throughout their lives. Cultivating conviction and courage among students to use their voices, the program provides resources for developing specific skills necessary for persuasive public speaking, productive civic discourse, and meaningful interpersonal communication. The program facilitates a collaborative learning community among participating faculty for support in designing and teaching speaking-intensive 100-level seminars across the disciplines. The program also educates and supports a staff of passionate students to partner with faculty to provide individual speaking mentorship to fellow students in these seminars. The program affirms that every person has the right—indeed, the responsibility—to speak. Transformative leadership and justice require many different cultural perspectives, discourse traditions, rhetorical strategies, and languages. Through this program, every Hampshire student is supported in developing her/his own unique and empowered voice. People The Transformative Speaking Program is run out of the Dean of Faculty’s office and is overseen by a faculty Director and a soon-to-be Faculty Advisory Committee comprised of junior and senior faculty across the disciplines. Director Laura Greenfield, Ph.D. Visiting Associate Professor of Communications and Education For Students More questions? Look out for an upcoming announcement about an information session. Beginning fall 2014, many Hampshire students enrolled in a range of 100-level seminars across the disciplines will have the opportunity to gain instruction and support in developing confident speaking skills. Through faculty-led class activities and assignments geared towards speaking development (class discussion, oral reports, dialogues, debates, and more) and individualized mentoring with peers, students will find resources for transforming what is often an area of anxiety into an area of strength. Would you like to help shape this program by becoming a peer mentor? Why Be a Peer Mentor? Peer mentors join a vibrant and supportive community of students who share their enthusiasm and interests; experience the exhilaration of helping other people gain confidence and develop their voices; gain tremendous experience as educators through regular practice, close mentorship from a participating faculty member, and formal instruction in preparation; become even stronger speakers and thinkers themselves; find unexpected meaningful connections between this work and many other areas of their lives; get to take a leadership role in shaping the early development of this new initiative; and get paid to do something they enjoy! Who Is Eligible to Apply to Be a Peer Mentor? Almost all students are eligible to apply. Students may represent any class year (with the exception of Division III students in their final year—you will be graduated by the time your work would begin!). Students can represent any area of concentration. Students can come from any language background and do not need to “sound like a native speaker” in English, speak with a “standard English” accent, or conform to any other subjective standard. Students should have a promising degree of competence in participating in class discussions and giving oral presentations, but need not be “experts” or have formal training in speaking. Students who experience nervous butterflies themselves often make great mentors. Priority will be given to Division I applicants (as they have more years to work with the program); applicants who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and empathy; applicants who demonstrate an excitement about and a commitment to their own growth and learning; applicants who are open to engaging in discussion about the broader social implications of the education they provide; multilingual and multidialectal students; and students who are interested in working with the program beyond the initial pilot year. What is the Commitment? Selected students will enroll in a four-credit equivalent academic course called “Revolution through Collaboration: Theories and Practices of Peer Mentoring in Speaking” for the spring 2014 semester. This course provides instruction in developing a range of speaking skills, education theory, and practicum work for mentoring peers. Rather than learning a specific method, students will be invited into a rigorous exploration of competing questions in order to develop their own critically-informed, evolving philosophies and practices. Speaking and peer mentoring work will be considered through a variety of lenses, including institutionalized oppression and revolutionary social change. Working as a peer mentor is a paid job and can be used towards work-study as well as satisfying CEL-1 requirements. Peer mentors in this first cohort will commit to working with the program for 10-hours per week during fall 2014 and spring 2015. Peer mentors may choose to continue the position until they graduate. Paid responsibilities will include some participation in facilitating in-class speaking activities, meeting individually and in groups outside of class with students; meeting periodically with the faculty partner; attending staff meetings; and participating in ongoing education workshops and discussion. I Want to Be a Peer Mentor! How Do I Apply? Contact Laura Greenfield ([email protected]) for an application. Submit an application by October 11. The application includes a general form, several brief essay questions, and a reference form for two recommendations (at least one should be from a Hampshire College faculty member and the other can be from a high school teacher or previous employer). Finalists will be contacted to schedule interviews immediately following fall break. All students will be notified of decisions by early November, in time for the spring course registration process. For Faculty Why participate? Faculty have the opportunity to shape the early work of a cutting-edge program that promises to foster a greater sense of community, collaboration, and empowered speaking among students and faculty. As one of only a small number of speaking-based programs at colleges and universities in the United States, Hampshire is continuing to lead the way as an innovator in higher education. Research shows that institutions with strong peer mentoring programs reap great rewards: - Students report a sense of belonging at their institutions, engage more enthusiastically with coursework, demonstrate greater ability in the subject areas, experience a greater sense of self-efficacy and courage, and discover life-long transferable skills. - Peer mentors learn through reflection and practice to be strong educators and powerful communicators. - Faculty experience greater investment among students and more vibrant classroom work. - Institutions see decreased attrition rates among the student body. Which faculty can participate? Currently in its pilot phase, the program will work with 10 faculty members in the first year, 20 in the second year, and 30 in the third year and years thereafter. All interested faculty members are encouraged to participate in the program, regardless of their discipline or experience with teaching speaking-intensive courses. Eligible faculty members are those scheduled to teach at least two consecutive semesters of 100-level seminars during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Ideal faculty participants are those enthusiastic about strengthening the speaking curriculum through their courses, open to learning from as well as supporting fellow faculty in strengthening speaking pedagogy, and willing to partner with and mentor a student staff member assigned to their course. If faculty interest exceeds program capacity, decisions will be made to ensure strong representation across disciplines. What is the commitment? New faculty participants will be confirmed each fall. In the spring, faculty will participate in a monthly faculty teaching circle facilitated by the Director through the Center for Teaching and Learning, during which time they will support one another in each designing their own speaking-intensive syllabus for the upcoming year, creating and assessing speaking assignments, facilitating class discussions, and making the most of a student peer mentor. The following fall and spring, the faculty will teach a speaking-intensive 100-level seminar, paired with a student mentor. Faculty will receive a modest stipend for their participation in the teaching circle. During the semesters teaching, faculty will communicate regularly with the student mentor to facilitate his/her work with the course. They will also have periodic opportunities to meet with fellow participating faculty for ongoing guidance and support and to provide feedback to the program about their experience. Space permitting, interested faculty may request (and are encouraged!), to continue working with peer mentors in speaking-intensive 100-level seminars in future years. I want to participate! What should I do now? Interested faculty should contact Laura Greenfield ([email protected]) by November 1. Your participation is also encouraged in nominating students to apply to work as peer mentors. Nominations are welcome regardless of faculty participation in the cohort. Nominations may be emailed to Laura Greenfield and should arrive by the end of September. Contact Director Laura Greenfield, Ph.D. Visiting Associate Professor of Communications and Education [email protected] Library room 209

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The Transformative Speaking Program of Hampshire College
04/12/2019

The Transformative Speaking Program of Hampshire College

04/12/2019

Current peer mentors and mentors in training gathered to build community and talk through the future of TSP. What an amazing group! #peermentors #hampshirecollege #transformativespeakingprogram #tsp #radicaldialogue

04/04/2019

TSP Peer Mentor Helen Murray supporting Peer Mentors in Training Daisha and Gwen to cook up a workshop challenging disposability culture. Drop by Sun-Th, 6-8PM in the knowledge commons for support with your end of semester presentations and public speaking or workshop related projects! #publicspeaking #peermentors #transformativespeakingprogram #tsp

03/21/2019

Join Peer Mentors Malick Niane and Patrick Gazda for Rad Chats in the Knowledge Commons Classroom, Thursday’s 7-8:30PM. Rad Chats are a space to dive deep into a range of topics related to speaking, privilege, and oppression. This weeks topic is managing conflict in conversation, and next week is toxic masculinity in the classroom. Peer Mentors Jada Frazier and Andrew Gordon lead Rad Chats Wednesday nights in the same place, 7:30-9PM. #hampshirecollege #hampshire #studentlife #fivecolleges

Just a reminder that drop in hours start again tonight in the Knowledge Commons 🧠. Come by between 6-8 to prep for a pre...
03/17/2019

Just a reminder that drop in hours start again tonight in the Knowledge Commons 🧠. Come by between 6-8 to prep for a presentation, discuss class participation strategies, practice active listening, or anything else related to radical dialogue! ❤️️📣✊👂

Thanks to Sarah Ceccio for the poster design!

Today! Elì and Minna are leading a workshop on listening skills for relationship building 🗣👂👬 Ice cream sandwiches inclu...
03/07/2019

Today! Elì and Minna are leading a workshop on listening skills for relationship building 🗣👂👬 Ice cream sandwiches included! Please Share and be there! #workshop #hampshirecollege #activelistening #tsp #transformativespeakingprogram #peermentors

Drop in hours have started!Come by the Knowledge Commons for help with presentations, public speaking, and facilitation ...
02/22/2019

Drop in hours have started!

Come by the Knowledge Commons for help with presentations, public speaking, and facilitation assignments 🗣💬👂

Sunday-Thursday, 6-8PM

It's the last week of RADICAL CHATS for the semester! Join us! We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Migration" ...
12/03/2018

It's the last week of RADICAL CHATS for the semester! Join us! We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Migration" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

"Eat. Talk. Make." Join the Transformative Speaking Program and the Ethics and the Common Good Project at our monthly Ha...
11/28/2018
Hampshire Huddle – Ethics and the Common Good Project

"Eat. Talk. Make." Join the Transformative Speaking Program and the Ethics and the Common Good Project at our monthly Hampshire Huddles, a chance to get together with students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a community meal as we reflect and create around monthly themes that help us connect. Thursday, November 29, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Prescott Tavern. This month's theme: "Collective Action." All are welcome.

https://sites.hampshire.edu/ecg/hampshire-huddle/

Get together with students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a community meal as we reflect & create around monthly themes that help us connect.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Language and Accessibility" as well as (We...
11/26/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Language and Accessibility" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Communication Boundaries." [No Radical Cha...
11/19/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Communication Boundaries." [No Radical Chat on Wed due to Thanksgiving Break.] 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Communication, Conflict, and Isolation" as...
11/12/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Communication, Conflict, and Isolation" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Capitalist Language and Culture" as well a...
11/05/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Capitalist Language and Culture" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Indispensability" as well as ...
10/29/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Indispensability" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

"Eat. Talk. Make." Join the Transformative Speaking Program and the Ethics and the Common Good Project at our monthly Ha...
10/24/2018
Hampshire Huddle – Ethics and the Common Good Project

"Eat. Talk. Make." Join the Transformative Speaking Program and the Ethics and the Common Good Project at our monthly Hampshire Huddles, a chance to get together with students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a community meal as we reflect and create around monthly themes that help us connect. Thursday, October 25, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Prescott Tavern. This month's theme: "Community Care." All are welcome.

https://sites.hampshire.edu/ecg/hampshire-huddle/

Get together with students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a community meal as we reflect & create around monthly themes that help us connect.

TSP is looking forward to facilitating a range of sessions at the ENGAGE conference on Tuesday, Oct 23--we hope to see y...
10/22/2018
ENGAGE!: Hampshire's Community Education Conference

TSP is looking forward to facilitating a range of sessions at the ENGAGE conference on Tuesday, Oct 23--we hope to see you there! Here are sessions hosted by TSP folks:

"Checking In: A Culture of Care in the Classroom" with Malick Niane (TSP mentor) and Jules Peterson (ECG student)

"How Systems of Oppression Manifest in Group Discussions: A Workshop on Improving Our Practices as Speakers, Listeners, and Facilitators" with Laura Greenfield (TSP Director)

"Our Stories: Understanding Privilege, Identity, and Power" with Lile Merrell and Patrick Gazda (TSP mentors)

"Healing Justice: Social and Political Re-Imagining through Somatics and Applied Theater" with Cheyenne Palacio-McCarthy and Adin Buchanan (TSP mentors)

"Facilitated Debriefing Discussions in the Dining Hall" with Patrick Gazda, Lile Merrell, Andrew Gordon, and Minna Gorry-Hines (TSP mentors)

Plus a shout out to TSP mentor Yeuris Cruz-Guzman who is on the ENGAGE planning committee and TSP mentor Judy Ha who is co-facilitating a session wearing her Spiritual Life "hat":

"Racism is a Sickness of the Soul: How Can Spirituality Help Us Heal?" with Judy Ha and colleagues at Spiritual Life

https://www.hampshire.edu/dof/engage-on-october-23-2018

Register online today and view the program schedule! There is also on-site registration and pre-registration check-in at the community block party, on Monday, October 22 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on the library lawn, and at the Engage! Conference on Tuesday, October 23, from 8 a.m.-Noon in the FPH Lobby.

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Respectability Politics" as w...
10/22/2018

Who's joining us this week for RADICAL CHATS?
We'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Respectability Politics" as well as (Wednesday) open topics. 7-8:30pm. Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Snacks. CEL-1 credit. All are welcome.

Want to talk about communication at Hampshire and beyond? Want to find connections and a chance to build community? Need...
10/18/2018

Want to talk about communication at Hampshire and beyond? Want to find connections and a chance to build community? Need some more CEL-1 hours? Like snacks? JOIN US FOR RADICAL CHATS! M/W 7-8:30pm in the Library Knowledge Commons Classroom. Next week we'll be talking about (Monday) "Speaking and Respectability Politics" as well as (Wednesday) open topics.

Radical Chats start today! Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us for a student-facilitated discussion. Tod...
02/12/2018

Radical Chats start today! Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us for a student-facilitated discussion. Today's meeting is 12-1:30pm in the Library Knowledge Common's classroom. The topic is "Speaking, Safety, Comfort, Bravery." Can't make it today? Join us Wed from 7-8:30pm to discuss the same topic. There will be snacks!

All are welcome to join us at the TSP's end-of-semester reception Thursday, December 14 from 2-3pm in the FPH Faculty Lo...
12/06/2017
Tap to RSVP to End-of-Semester Reception

All are welcome to join us at the TSP's end-of-semester reception Thursday, December 14 from 2-3pm in the FPH Faculty Lounge at Hampshire. Celebrate the accomplishments of the peer mentors and give thanks to our many faculty, staff, and student partners. Please RSVP below!

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You're invited to End-of-Semester Reception - Click here to RSVP

After a mentoring session with TSP peer mentor Yijie, one Hampshire student had this to say: "Yijie let me feel safe and...
10/31/2017

After a mentoring session with TSP peer mentor Yijie, one Hampshire student had this to say: "Yijie let me feel safe and heard. I was relaxed as they helped me focus on a direction. I appreciate that they're really open in dialogue." Way to go, Yijie!

Hampshire student Yeuris Cruz Guzman had this to say about his recent meeting with TSP peer mentor Jada: "What makes Jad...
10/30/2017

Hampshire student Yeuris Cruz Guzman had this to say about his recent meeting with TSP peer mentor Jada: "What makes Jada such a strong mentor and leader within the Transformative Speaking Program is her assertive character, humility, and candid personality. I've been able to connect with Jada because she is able to depict my areas of strengths and weaknesses just through listening and conversing with me. Jada provides me with a space of comfort and she allows me to reflect, learn, and grow with her. Her transparency is admirable and to me is one of the realest mentors I’ve had the opportunity to meet within TSP thus far." Way to go, Jada!

Would you like to work as a peer mentor? The TSP is hiring! Visit our Moodle page hamp.it/tspmoodle for more information...
10/20/2017

Would you like to work as a peer mentor? The TSP is hiring! Visit our Moodle page hamp.it/tspmoodle for more information and the application form. We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, October 23.

TSP mentors Alizae Wineglass, Yijie Zhu, Judy Ha, Adin Buchanan, Ivy Skinner, and Bailey Fernandez traveled with Directo...
10/16/2017

TSP mentors Alizae Wineglass, Yijie Zhu, Judy Ha, Adin Buchanan, Ivy Skinner, and Bailey Fernandez traveled with Director Laura Greenfield to the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing hosted this year by Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. There, the group facilitated three powerful sessions, gathered new ideas to bring back to Hampshire, and supported other institutions in strengthening their communication centers.

TSP mentors Alizae Wineglass, Yijie Zhu, Judy Ha, Adin Buchanan, Ivy Skinner, and Bailey Fernandez traveled with Director Laura Greenfield to the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing hosted this year by Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. There, the group facilitated three powerful sessions, gathered new ideas to bring back to Hampshire, and supported other institutions in strengthening their communication centers.

STARTING TODAY!Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on...
10/02/2017

STARTING TODAY!

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the communication that goes into it? Check out TSP's Div III Discussion Group! Starts Monday, Oct 2 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Library's Knowledge Commons classroom.

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the com...
09/29/2017

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the communication that goes into it? Check out TSP's Div III Discussion Group! Starts Monday, Oct 2 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Library's Knowledge Commons classroom.

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the com...
09/21/2017

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the communication that goes into it? Check out TSP's Div III Discussion Group! Starts Monday, Oct 2 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Library's Knowledge Commons classroom.

Looking for a regular space for facilitated discussion about communication on campus and beyond? Join us on Mondays 12:0...
09/21/2017

Looking for a regular space for facilitated discussion about communication on campus and beyond? Join us on Mondays 12:00 - 1:30pm and/or Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm for TSP's "Radical Chats!" RSVP to [email protected] or just show up. Come to one, many, or all! CEL1 credit eligible. Snacks provided! First meeting is Monday, September 25.

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the com...
09/19/2017

Attention Div III students! Want a regular space to discuss your Div III journey and find peer support on all of the communication that goes into it? Check out TSP's Div III Discussion Group! Starts Monday, Oct 2 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Library's Knowledge Commons classroom.

Looking for a regular space for facilitated discussion about communication on campus and beyond? Join us on Mondays 12:0...
09/19/2017

Looking for a regular space for facilitated discussion about communication on campus and beyond? Join us on Mondays 12:00 - 1:30pm and/or Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm for TSP's "Radical Chats!" RSVP to [email protected] or just show up. Come to one, many, or all! CEL1 credit eligible. Snacks provided! First meeting is Monday, September 25.

09/19/2017

First year student Laura Goldberg recently met with TSP peer mentors Aaron and Judy, and this is what she had to say about the experience: "These mentors are so invested in and willing to help me in my journey to change the world; I've never felt so supported in my activism."

Peer Mentoring with the TSP begins TODAY! Meet us in the Library's Knowledge Commons (first floor) every Sunday - Thursd...
09/18/2017

Peer Mentoring with the TSP begins TODAY! Meet us in the Library's Knowledge Commons (first floor) every Sunday - Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Reserve an appointment spot on Moodle or just drop in!

Peer Mentoring with the TSP begins tomorrow: Monday, Sept 18! Meet us in the Library's Knowledge Commons (first floor) e...
09/18/2017

Peer Mentoring with the TSP begins tomorrow: Monday, Sept 18! Meet us in the Library's Knowledge Commons (first floor) every Sunday - Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Reserve an appointment spot on Moodle or just drop in!

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